While museums around the globe are closed to the public, we are spotlighting each day an inspiring exhibition. Even if you can’t see it in person, allow us to give you a virtual look.
“Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstract Variations”
Seattle Art Museum
What the museum says: “At the heart of the installation is Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1, a recent addition to the Seattle Art Museum’s collection and a gift of late trustee Barney A. Ebsworth. The first complete expression of O’Keeffe’s personal brand of modernism, ‘Abstract Variations’ brings Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1 together with Music, Pink and Blue, No. 2, from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, for the first time in Seattle, along with loans from museums across the country.
Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1 is O’Keeffe’s first major oil painting. She painted it after moving to New York City in 1918, departing from the more intimate media of charcoal and watercolor to take up the more public and ambitious medium of oil. Examples of her earlier drawings in the exhibition illustrate this transition, while subsequent paintings demonstrate what came later in O’Keeffe’s work. Also on view are photographs of the artist by Alfred Stieglitz.”
Why it’s worth a look: The show had barely opened at the Seattle Art Museum before national closures were enforced. When museums reopen, this show is one to seek out for an enlightening look at a lesser known aspect of O’Keeffe’s storied career.
Though best known for her oil paintings of lush petals and blossoms, O’Keeffe was a master of more intimately scaled watercolors and charcoal drawings, where she was able to practice a brand of abstraction that looks more akin to the work of Bauhaus artists like László Moholy-Nagy with geometric shapes and linear compositions. Alongside the drawings and paintings are photographs that Alfred Stiegletz took of O’Keeffe, who served as his muse and later became his wife. In the meantime, the museum is also offering some interactive aspects online.
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